Stewart Brand, who personified the link between San Francisco’s 60s flower power and the emerging technological hub of Silicon Valley, lives on a houseboat in Sausalito, just across the Golden Gate Bridge. He is watching with pleasure as the tech boom enfolds San Francisco. Now 75, Brand came to the Bay Area in 1956 and became famous for publishing the counter-cultural bible the Whole Earth Catalog which recommended the tools, technology and attitudes hippies would need to advance themselves and society as a whole.
As Brand sees it, history is being made again in the city. There is the suburban version of Bay Area cyber-business and there is a new urban version being created in San Francisco. “Market Street has been this sleepy dead street for a long time,” says Brand, referring to the thoroughfare that bounds Soma. “Well, it is lively and exciting again now, thanks to the tech guys… A creative form is a creative form.” Brand is convinced that the injection of so many young people with technical skills, money to play with and no family ties will spawn new ideas in San Francisco, a well-heeled, much needed creative renaissance.
He has little sympathy for those displaced along the way. San Francisco is a small corner of the Bay Area, he points out, and the rest still has significant economic diversity. Even if San Francisco becomes a Manhattan-like redoubt of the rich, the area as a whole will see benefits. “One side effect of this may well be that Oakland, which is pretty damn interesting, becomes even more interesting.”
— Zoë Corbyn via parislemon
Instead of raising the white flag when it comes to solving Washington’s most intractable problems, maybe we should be raising the black pirate flag instead.
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Steps In A Knowledge Audit (Knowledge Audit Infographic Poster)
- Communicate the intent and effort to your leadership team and department heads.
- Get nominations for participation- 2-4 participants from each department, who should be familiar with the key activities of the department and how knowledge and information are used in them.
- Brief participants on the process and schedule sessions for knowledge mapping.
- Conduct knowledge mapping sessions in group discussion format, to capitalise on collective knowledge.
- Have departments validate their draft maps, and finalise them.
- Open all maps for organisation wide review, so that knowledge assets that could have wider use through sharing can be identified.
- Analyse results and report back to participants, department heads and leadership team.
- Encourage wider exploitation of the maps.
Finally the adverts have to put up with the problems with the metro too.
The Automata Processor (AP) is a programmable silicon device capable of performing very high-speed, comprehensive search and analysis of complex, unstructured data streams.
IMF study finds inequality is damaging to economic growth
International Monetary Fund paper dismisses rightwing argument that redistributing incomes is self-defeating
Western Lithium is developing its Nevada lithium deposit to support the new generation of hybrid/electric vehicles
This is an interesting company to watch — their stock price jumped this year in response to TSLA’s projects.
Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have developed augmented reality glasses called K-Glass. The glasses are curently only a prototype. — K-Glass
The Carlsbad Desalination Project is a desalination plant and pipeline under construction in Carlsbad, California. Producing 50 million gallons per day it will be the largest in the Western hemisphere when complete in 2016.
Computers are providing solutions to math problems that we can’t check
Good news! A computer has solved the longstanding Erdős discrepancy problem! Trouble is, we have no idea what it’s talking about — because the solution, which is as long as all of Wikipedia’s pages combined, is far too voluminous for us puny humans to confirm.
A few years ago, the mathematician Steven Strogatz predicted that it wouldn’t be too much longer before computer-assisted solutions to math problems will be beyond human comprehension. Well, we’re pretty much there. In this case, it’s an answer produced by a computer that was hammering away at the Erdős discrepancy problem.
Full Story: Io9 via emergentfutures
AWS is something that I’d like to spend more time playing with. I can see a future where we plug together algorithms that make use of services and datastreams (ifttt) linked to physical objects (IoT) all around your house and office. Most requests will be routine, but perhaps a few require premium services (WolframAlpha, Siri, or Watson) from 3rd parties.
In more extreme cases (Bitcoin) custom semiconductors may be inside of the server racks. Regardless of how custom the silicon and overall system may be, standards (OpenCompute) will be as important as new cooling techniques (immersion cooling) to ensure that hardware from different vendors can sit comfortably side-by-side.
What will the scale of these datacenters be? What role will distributed services (BitMessage, BitTorrent) have? For crucial services; banking, data-storage, healthcare, etc. that will be plugged into my data-stream centralization may make sense. Security for these sectors will come at a premium. For disposable services (texts, photo shares, etc.) perhaps the anonymity and bandwidth requirement of p2p services will make distributed apps even more successful once true 4G becomes the standard.
Citadel’s Jamil Nazarali and former high speed trader David Lauer weigh the pros and cons of computerized stock trading for investors and society.